Stark Law versus the Anti-Kickback Statute

Violations of either Stark Law or the Anti-Kickback Statute are usually grounds for filing a claim under the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers who know of instances where a physician has made referrals based on having a financial interest in the entity which is receiving the referral or know of instances where a doctor ...

What is Stark Law and how does it relate to the False Claims Act?

Stark Law is a set of laws that regulate how and under what circumstances physicians can make referrals. The starting point is the doctors cannot refer a patient to any entity where the doctor (or an immediate family member) has a financial interest in the entity and the entity bills Medicare for any treatments or prod...

Exceptions to Stark Law Violations

While Stark Law violations usually lead to allegations a medical practice, hospital, or health entity also violated the False Claims Act; whistleblowers do need to understand that Stark Law does provide for a number of exceptions. These exceptions are meant to cover situations where a physician or health practice is ac...

Federal False Claims Act Video 

We’ve helped whistleblowers earn multiple millions of dollars over the past 30 years. Our whistleblower complaint was the first selected by John Boese for his treatise on Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (now in its fourth edition). That complaint, based on healthcare fraud, resulted in a multi-million ...

Three Whistleblowers Awarded Payments Through the False Claim Act for Disclosing Medicare Fraud

WBOC reported on November 8, 2109, that one of the New York’s largest healthcare providers, Northwell Health, Inc. (which includes Lenox Hill Hospital) agreed to pay $12.3 million to settle claims it submitted false bills to Medicare. The settlement was based on a lawsuit brought by three whistleblowers. The claim...

IRS Whistleblower Claims

IRS Whistleblower Claims In addition to federal and state False Claim Act cases, there are other laws that also provide that whistleblowers should be paid a percentage of any recovery for disclosing fraud - for a variety of different agencies. One of the agencies that have its own whistleblower program is the Int...

A Pharmacy, an Equity Firm, and Two Executives of the Pharmacy – Agree to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $21.36 Million

The US Department of Justice reported on September 18, 2019 that a compounding pharmacy, Diabetic Care Rx LLC (Patient Care America), a private equity firm (Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc.) and the CEO and former VP of Patient Care America agreed to settle the charges which were centered on an alleged kickback scheme ...

What is Involved in a Financial Whistleblower Claim

As we discuss in our video, we first work to determine what type of fraud does the whistleblower wish to reveal. In Fortune 500 companies, fraud often involves financial irregularities. David Connlly of Freeman and Mills discussed fraud in more detail. David is a forensic accountant – a lawyer and a CPA. Some of ...

Flawed Security Gap Costs Cisco 8.6 millions to settle Federal False Claims Act Case

When selling security systems to governmental agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Secret Service, the Army,. Marine, Navy and Air Force, it's always a good idea to make sure there are no security flaws that would allow hackers to gain unauthorized access to the video system. O...

Ten Worst Corporate Accounting Scandals of all time

As someone lost to history once said, “follow the money”. We’ve found that in our Los Angeles and California whistleblowing cases, along with our national Federal False Claim and Qui Tam matters, that axiom is generally good advice. Here are ten of the most incredible corporate accounting scandals of all ti...